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Latvian railway company to receive new trains in 2020

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SIA Pasažieru vilciens plans to receive two new electric trains at the end of 2020, as the company’s chairman Rodžers Jānis Grigulis confirmed in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT on Friday, 9 March.

«The first trains should arrive around December 2020. Ten more are expected to follow at the beginning of 2021. By 2023 we will have received all [32] trains,» said the company’s head.

He also mentioned that the current train procurement process differs greatly from the previous ones. «Previous procedures included lease or other variants. This time, however, we want to purchase trains through a transparent procedure. There are three contenders in total. Through talks we hope to determine the best prices. Once we know what we want, we will make our choice,» said Grigulis.

When asked about the stage the train procurement procedure is currently in, Grigulis said: «We are five minutes before midnight».

He also mentioned that, based on current predictions, procurement of trains may cost up to EUR 200 million. The actual price may become known once offers have been evaluated.

It was previously reported that Pasažieru vilciens plans to sign the first contract on procurement of new trains in the first half of 2018.

The company has received offers from Spanish Patentes Talgo S.L, Swiss Stadler’s Polish subsidiary Stadler Polska Sp. z o.o., Spanish Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A., and Czech Škoda vagonka a.s.

As part of the procurement, Pasažieru vilciens plans to procure 32 new electric trains. Procurement of new rolling stock is necessary to assist with development of Road transport department’s new public transport system.


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